Barcelona star Lionel Messi admits Cristiano Ronaldo's rivalry brought out his best

Sherman Parsons
December 28, 2018

In an interview with Marca newspaper that will be published on Thursday, Lionel Messi spoke about the rivalry with the Portuguese "star" and in a teaser revealed today may read an excerpt from the statements of the Argentine worldwide about Cristiano Ronaldo. "Like me, accept the challenge".

And Messi has claimed that the pair's time at the top of the game in Spain was a positive for football and for fans all over.

Despite all the success that Messi has had on the football pitch, he has insisted that there is still one higher priority in his life.

Former Barcelona player Jordi Cruyff said that Real Madrid's form after Cristiano Ronaldo's departure is a "warning" to Blaugrana when it comes to Lionel Messi. I don't need any change.

"I'm at the best team in the world".

Messi however acknowledged that the Portuguese goal machine gave the reason to go the extra mile and bring out the best in him. My challenges renew year on year.

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Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d'Or award five times in his career, and apart from losing this year's title to Luka Modric, the Argentine also failed to finish among the top three.

"Although it is hard, I would like to work with Guardiola again". I don't need any change.

"This era that we were in the same league together in was lovely".

"It was very healthy and it was attractive for the viewer", said Lionel Messi.

The superstar, who has 15 goals and 10 assists in 15 LaLiga games this season, said he knew he would miss out on a record sixth Ballon d'Or.

Speaking about his rivalry with Real Madrid's all-time highest goal-scorer during Ronaldo's time in La Liga, Messi said it was "healthy" and "beautiful" for the spectators.

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